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Christopher James

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Christopher James (1836-1895)

From a well known South Wales family that was closely identified with the early development of the iron and steel industry in that district

1871 Living in Bristol, a civil engineer and brickmaker, with his wife Jane 31, and children Christopher W James 5, Rupert 3, and Margaret 1[1]


1895 Obituary [2]

CHRISTOPHER JAMES was born at Merthyr Tydfil, on 17th March 1836, and was the youngest son of Dr. Job James, naval surgeon, of that town.

After leaving school he spent a year at Bonn University, and some time in Paris.

He then served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Co., Manchester; and on its termination went to the United States and Canada for two years, where he acquired a wide experience in mechanical work.

On returning home he spent three years in Bridgewater, and then settled in Bristol as a consulting engineer. In this capacity he designed the buildings and the chief part of the machinery and plant for Messrs. Christopher Thomas and Brothers' Broad Plain Soap Works, and built two of the largest chimneys in the district for the Netham Chemical Works, acting as consulting engineer to these works as well as to breweries, sugar refinery, brickworks, and various other concerns.

He designed a steam jet blowing and exhausting apparatus, and annealing furnaces and grates.

His death occurred at his residence in Clifton, Bristol, on 27th January 1895, in his fifty-ninth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1877.


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